IS Productions is a recording studio/music production company created in the early '90s by Amy X Neuburg and Herb Heinz, two artists from the U.S. Bay Area who mostly make quirky pop songs. This Is...an IS Production Sampler presents selections from Amy X Neuburg & Men and Neuburg's solo albums, Heinz's solo efforts, and his work in the duo Hmmm... (and its live counterpart, Hmmm...Live). The track selection is particularly inspired, singling out the best moments from Sports! Chips! Booty!, Utechma, Failure, and I Only Want Love (plus a couple more CDs). For the fans, the sampler also includes demo mixes of a few tracks taken from albums by Neuburg, Heinz, and Hmmm... that were still in production stage at the time. With their combined efforts, Neuburg and Heinz have created a distinctive form of pop that draws from cabaret, new wave, experimental rock, and free improv. Their satirical and profoundly entertaining work deserves more exposure. Hopefully this sampler will coax a few listeners to dive in.
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